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the u.s. prevents venezuela's president from flying through its airspace and denies visas to a delegation being sent to the un stoking tensions between the two. the blame game surrounding the use of chemical weapons in syria hampers the russian american disarmament plan with fresh exchanges between moscow and washington over who's at fault. and a tale of caution a new report warns europe against pursuing austerity policies claiming that twenty five million will end up in poverty if governments don't listen.
you're watching r t live from moscow and lindsey france thanks for joining me venezuela's president has accused the u.s. of refusing to provide visas for a delegation going to the u.n. next week nicolas maduro was also apparently refused permission to fly through american airspace to get to china venezuela's foreign ministry said these incidents were and act of aggression and a violation of international law artie's marine up porton reports. venezuelan president nicolas maduro flight plan to china was denied that's according to foreign minister elliott how he said washington prohibited the plane from passing through u.s. airspace over the rico forcing the world leader to find an alternate path now while speaking to reporters about the incident foreign minister how i denounce the move will act of aggression on the part of north american imperialism against the
venezuelan government unquote president maduro was due to arrive in beijing this weekend for bilateral talks with the chinese government and venezuelan officials insist that mr majority will reach his destination despite the interference of foreign minister how argues that no country can deny air space to a plane carrying a president on an international state visit he also added that he expects the u.s. to rectify this situation now the latest this is the latest incident will no doubt bring animosity to of the already strained relations between washington and caracas let's remember that the united states and venezuela have not had ambassadors in each other's capital since two thousand and eight that's when the former venezuelan president hugo chavez. to back you waited the american envoy from his country accusing the u.s. backing a group of military officers he said were plotting against him now the u.s.
responded at the time by expelling venezuela's ambassador and also just a few months ago in july president majority and now it's that his government was halting attempts to improve relations with the u.s. now that move was in response to comments made by the newly appointed u.s. ambassador to the u.n. samantha power who told a senate committee that are her new role would include challenging the crackdown on the. civil society abroad including venezuela well we've already heard from a libyan president evo morales who has called on latin american countries to recall their ambassadors from the u.s. in response to this recent incident now president morales was caught in a similar situation this summer when several european union countries denied their at their airspace to his jet that's allegedly because the u.s. suspected that n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden was on board president morales his. airplane now the
bolivian leader had to land in austria after portuguese authorities wouldn't let the president's plane land for refueling in lisbon french authorities also wouldn't let the plane enter their air sprees airspace mr morale is says the latest incident against the venezuelan president demonstrates that the u.s. is predisposition to humiliate other governments david lindorff the founder of this can't be happening dot net believes the incident shows a two faced policy is at play. the u.s. is supplying east it is trading essential trading with me to venezuela it's not an enemy of the us there's no fighting between the us and venezuela and furthermore it's one of the democratic countries of latin america which was supposedly an important thing to the united states supporting democracy and so we're nobody's contesting the validity of this election so the us is denying an elected president
the right to fly over one of its colonies in order to get on a trip to china on a state visit and yet the us allows dictators president military leaders known to have slaughtered their own people in latin america all those people are welcome to come and vacation in the united states that an elected leader of a. of a fellow nation in latin america is denied the right to fly over one of our colonies artie's keeping an eye on tensions between the united states and venezuela we'll bring you the latest updates as the situation develops stay with r.t. . syria's deputy foreign minister says the nation's civil war has reached stalemate with neither side strong enough to win he said if peace talks in geneva take place to moscow's will push the opposition to agree to a cease fire this comes as the u.n. security council tries to finalize a russia u.s. deal to destroy syria's chemical weapons attacks pos got as
a latest on what's hampering diplomatic efforts at the moment. the main disagreements seem to be over the un report that was published earlier this week on the chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of damascus on august the twenty four now the united states along with the united kingdom and france believe that that u.n. reports or the technical details in that u.n. report point to the fact that it could only have been the syrian government that carried out those attacks however russia say that the evidence isn't strong enough to draw any conclusions and that they have their own evidence to suggest that it was the opposition forces who carried out a chemical weapons attack on that date as an act of provocation now as the diplomatic wrangling is continue here's what u.s. secretary of state john kerry had to say to the state department on thursday the environmental chemical and medical therapy that the u.n. investigators collected provide clear and compelling evidence that the surface to
surface rockets used in this attack contained the nerve agent sarin we know the regime possesses. and there is not a shred of evidence however that the opposition does please this is in kabul a good when we said we know what is true we meant it so case closed then according to u.s. secretary of state john kerry but according to russian president vladimir putin who also spoke on the serious subject on the day the issue is slightly more complex with thirty magoo. we're always talking about the responsibility of president assad if he unleash the chemical weapons but what if the rebels did it but what are we going to do with them we have every reason to think that it was a provocation a small provocation of course but the technique was very simple they used an old
soviet missile which are no longer in service with the syrian army but the key thing is that the missile carried the label made in the u.s.s.r. while another bone of contention between washington and moscow is the wording of a future u.n. resolution that will give the deal struck in geneva last weekend legal backing and support of course that deal that will see geneva that will see sorry damascus destroy its chemical weapons stockpile now the u.s. the u.k. and france when the threat of force to remain on the table if president bashar al assad doesn't comply with that u.n. resolution russia say that that is unnecessary where the united nations security council is set to meet next week to discuss that resolution but it seems that despite last week's breakthrough in geneva the diplomatic wrangling and the high stakes diplomacy looks set to rumble on for the coming weeks and months. inside syria the number of al-qaeda linked extremists within the opposition ranks is reportedly growing and they're not just fighting government troops but also their
former rebel allies with the fiercest battles taking place near the turkish border civilians are also suffering with the ancient christian village of milo just one area to fall into the hands of jihadists artist correspondent in syria marie if an ocean reports further to the syrian village of our luna is where the aramaic leverage believed to have been spoken by jesus christ was in daily use but not so much these days. off today how does attack this mostly christian village in syria more than two weeks ago local residents were forced to flee the battlefield that was once their native land and calm organized life. many of them to graph you choose christian families in old damascus we tried to meet them only because it was going to lose its doors for us so that. took them many refused to told us their relatives remain missing they say is the kidnap people and they fear the school
with them in even more danger and these people knew well about danger to the memories of continents family would build on the first days of the iran lunacy each man was alone on the morning by the shouts of a knock on the doors and all gathered in one minute you are told on the run that and we won't harm you and one may kill him shot he runs there and surrounded they pointed their guns at them and started shooting i was intent in my chest and over and about the down one of them offered to save us but i ignored him and the other one said let the man die but hundreds gathered for the funerals of the three men who they now called walters those muslims and christians the attack on malala village syrians say was an attack on the country and its way of life. for the family was going to be there. re motherhood the beginning. of worthless and christians live in ma luna but it's surrounded by four or five muslim villages my
view maybe they see this as the last obstacle in their parking here antoine it's father in law is eighty eight years old he says nothing like this has happened in his lifetime. we were living in peace and now it seems they want to throw all the christians out of the country who prayed to god that would defeat them and kick them out another relative who's afraid to show her face says it's hard to say how many people were killed in the new ruler because militants holed in the village often keep the bodies for further rennison and to instill fear their goal is not assad there is mr establish an islamic emirate in all of the middle east however fine countries are helping down with weapons money or whatever they need helping them destroy the country and people of this region special sweet sanctified bread he serves in the family to commemorate the dead. in church they held special ceremonies for several days. and again all the syrians equally
shocked prayed together for the dead and the law of the ancient language in my lower united people for sauza of years they have now is that it can sustain them for a little longer and old over the country the two and a half year long conflict is taking lives language and shattering people's hope. from damascus in syria and later today in cross talk it all of elle's gas clash over how the refugee crisis caused by the syrian war is affecting neighboring countries as well as situation on the ground here's a quick look. i think it's a cheap shot to talk about refugees as being terrorists scepter we just haven't seen that except for a few isolated cases there were over two million iraqi refugees that didn't form terrorist cells and in neighboring countries i think we do agree in terms of the long term consequences on human beings if this conflict does drag on for years and
years not just in syria but also indeed for the read i have to say there you know we just sort of solution in the last forty eight hours of syrian refugees in lebanon who were caught going over the border with heavy weapons to give to the new store front so you know i don't know that we can really sit here and say that you know that the refugee situation is not going to have a negative impact on the fighting on the ground. still ahead a series of shocks from the police. human rights activists say the apparently non-lethal use of tasers on suspects is proven to be anything but really quite a naturally.
you're watching our t.v. live from moscow and lindsey france thank you for joining me iran's recently elected president has offered to oversee talks between the syrian government and the opposition hassan rouhani addressed the western world in an editorial for the washington post calling on countries to focus on the future and not past frosty relations the apparent readiness of iran's new leader to engage has given hope for a new thaw in relations with washington but that's not easy an easy goal to achieve that is let's take a look at the tensions between the two in the past decade or so a year after the cia accused iran of having one of the world's most active nuclear programs then president george w. bush named iran in his infamous axis of evil speech causing outrage in tehran then in two thousand and five came the first of several statements in which bush hinted at the possibility of using force. three years later president bush described iran
as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism saying action was needed before it's too late in two thousand and ten the u.s. and israel stepped up cyber war efforts aimed at disrupting one of iran's main nuclear power plants and in summer two thousand and twelve the u.s. imposed some of its most crippling sanctions banning world banks from completing oil transactions with tehran if you countries were exempt in return for agreement to cut oil imports from iran and just this september president obama hinted that pulling back on a strike against syria does not mean he would do the same when it comes to iran lot of iran's current apparent change of tone artes and this is now it takes a look at how responsive america is likely to be. the u.s. and iran haven't had diplomatic relations for over thirty years but recently both sides have suggested that steps could be taken to change that next week the new iranian president will visit the u.n. general assembly and the obama administration is preparing for high level talks
between a rainy and u.s. officials possibly even a direct exchange so could this be the beginning of a far after three decades of failed foreign policy towards iran well joining me now to speak more about that is hillary mann leverett and flynt leverett co-authors of going to tehran why the united states must come to terms with the islamic republic of iran. who's seen as much more open to work with the u.s. he has a softer line on israel he has come out and said that iran is not going to seek nuclear weapons is that enough to change u.s. policy towards iran the obama administration is very fortunate in terms of the incoming that the new iranian administration both president rouhani and his foreign minister mohammad job in syria have a lot of experience dealing with the west dealing with international law they both have ph d.'s in international law they we work very closely i am particular i personally fall i was working for the state department negotiated with the iranian
officials including the foreign minister zarif over afghanistan to overthrow the taliban set up a new government there the problem really is on the u.s. side you don't have that on the u.s. side you don't have a real serious understanding of what iran's interests are what their needs are how to work with iran in the framework of international law the u.s. makes demands for concessions that have no basis in the national law so in the room they're going to be a real change on the u.s. and to work with other countries especially iran within the framework of international law i'm afraid any negotiations aren't going to get far i think that particularly for president obama it's been it's been two things one is a sense that he doesn't really appreciate that. at this point the united states needs an improvement in relations with iran at least as much as iran can benefit from an improvement in relations with with america but that gets to the second big flaw is obama really prepared to accept the islamic republic as an enduring
and legitimate political entity representing legitimate national interests if he is then the possibilities for improvement in relations are in the end but if he's not prepared to do this you know whatever nice meeting he might have with the holiday next week in new york whatever other nice exchanges there might be that's not really going to be substantive well we will certainly be watching very closely next week in new york thank you so much for your analysis like i said in the spotlight next week very much so iran and the u.s. people experts will be watching very closely to see if possibly a step towards diplomatic relations is possible reporting from washington and he said no way. and over to our web site u.s. drone attacks and caused outrage because of the number of civilians they kill but according to a former u.s. air force general the one thing they can't target as successfully as enemy aircraft
got the full story for you on line plus twenty five greenpeace activists are detained by the russian coast guard after trying to storm an oil rig in the arctic sea had online for more on the story. right from the sea. first straight to you and i think that you're. on our reporter's twitter. and instagram. to be in the know. on mine. in the twenty years tasers have been on sale the british police force has been an enthusiastic customer it now has an arsenal of the so-called non-lethal weapons but after a string of fatalities human rights activists have grave concerns over the real extent of the dangers they pose as artie's laura smith reports. imagine the feeling
of fifty thousand volts passing through your body people who have been tasered say it's a massive shock that starts in your liver and kidneys courses through your hearts and your brain it feels like it's being dry fall far it gets to be too cold and yet instances of tasering by police told reuters the only time in the u.k. more than doubling between two thousand and nine thousand and eleven that's of great concern to human rights groups who say tasers on the milking day trump should and the police seem to think they are but a potentially lethal weapon being rolled out to huge numbers of offices you have to have a fifty pounds and poked a so it's not like a little trick. you might get from. a friend around the field it's much more serious and that's one of the big concerns amnesty because in the hands
of people who aren't trained to the sufficient level. you risk serious instances happening tasers were originally only given to highly trained marksman but they're now being issued to specialist units and on the beat a total of fourteen thousand seven hundred offices amnesty says the training course for a new taser tower is woefully inadequate it only lasts three days but the association of chief police officers insists they all adequately prepare. being done to me also and but there are loads more of them to be and there are up to instances of taking the use a day now and the more tazes out that the higher the potential for accident ten people have to tasers were just in the u.k. in two thousand and three one month excluded a from a pool often dousing himself to and in the us they've been linked with moves in sixty human rights groups say it amounts to the police being all by stealth and
worry that the negotiating in volatile situations will be noticed and be replaced with shock now questions. let's now take a look at some of the other news in grief a three year old child is among eleven injured in a shooting at a chicago city park at least three people including the child remain in critical condition in the hospital several others are reported to be serious it's reported one or two gunmen opened fire on a crowd at a basketball court so far no one has been arrested the incident comes just days after a shooting at a washington naval yard that claimed twelve lives. in mexico at least ninety seven people have been killed as two hurricanes continue to batter both the pacific and atlantic coast so at the same time weather forecasters say there's a danger one of the cycles could be about to move into the oil producing gulf of mexico tens of thousands have been evacuated to safety so far rescue operations are
underway with dozens of people reported missing. inequality unemployment soaring debt europe's had its share of troubles in the past five years since the financial crisis struck the aggressive austerity programs launched to cure the ailing economy appear to have made everyday life worse a new report suggests almost a third of europeans will live in poverty by two thousand and twenty five the details now from lucy capital. it's a prediction of a bleak future for europe twenty five million more people living in poverty by twenty twenty five now that is according to a new report from oxfam the charity warns that europe's unchecked austerity programs could spell a lost decade for the continent and entrenched poverty for an entire generation now bailouts of europe's financial institutions may have helped save the banking system but they've also pushed the public debt the assumption was that balancing budgets
would give confidence to markets that unsure and was supposed to allow credit and investments to plough making a condom use grow and creating jobs but in many countries that simply hasn't come to pass now at issue are deep spending cuts to public services like education health and social security many european countries have been forced to slash public spending in order to balance their budgets in ireland for example they have cut public spending by forty percent of its g.d.p. roughly twenty percent in the baltic states twelve percent in spain and so on but those numbers have a very real effect on people and they mean fewer services available to those who need the most according to oxfam this will drastically increase poverty and inequality across the continent not just now but for years to come now in these economic times having a job itself doesn't mean you're in the clear in fact almost one in ten working households in europe now live in what's known as in work poverty now they may bring home a paycheck but it simply doesn't buy what it used to and that is because the value
of wages is actually dropped in countries where spending cuts have been the harshest prices go up salaries stay the same causing many families to struggle just to get by now the spending cuts also mean fewer jobs unemployment in the many european countries is hitting record highs and the report notes that women and young people are often most effective what about those who lose their job only just spend months even years looking for another in ireland greece and spain the long term unemployment. it has quadrupled between two thousand and eight and twenty twelve so how to stem the tide of rising poverty and growing inequality while oxfam argues the poor shouldn't pay for mistakes made by bankers it's called for attacks on the transactions of big banks that could deliver billions of dollars of help to ordinary people but even lawmakers have said that such attacks would be illegal oxfam is also calling for areas like health and education to be protected from cuts the group claims that europe can afford these measures whether finance ministers
agree is a different question. r t moscow. up next hour to texas look at the phenomenon of friendly fire stay with us. as diplomats and grapple with the complexities of dismantling syria's chemical weapons all sides in the conflict continue to escalate the carnage on the ground are the western powers truly interested in negotiations with the assad regime or are they biding their time searching for new opportunities to bring about regime change in damascus. the interview.